We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Legally it can't be done. Look up the Flores Consent Decree, or check any number of conservative sites on this issue.
If a family is captured in an illegal crossing and is willing to return to their homeland, little separation occurs.
If a family claiming asylum presents themselves at a port of entry, no separation.
The problem is people who cross illegally and THEN claim asylum. They are now being held until their claim is decided. However, under the Flores decree, minor children of asylum seekers can't be held for more than 20 days before being relessed to relatives already in the US legally or to foster care.
This has been going on for years (those pictures of kids in kennels are from 2014 under the rule of Saint Obama) but the previous practice was 'catch and release'. What all these cries going up are really about is allowing anybody caught in an illegal crossing with children and claiming to be a family to be granted entry.
When Obama and Clinton did it, it was with the best of intentions. Bush and Trump are Republicans and therefore everything they do or did is evil. Intentions matter. Intentions are all that matter. This is known.
It is about a shortage of cheap labor that the Democrats big business supporters need. They are willing to exploit children so that the borders will open with cheap labor for their REIT, etc. The issue of the children could be discussed like adults if that was the real issue. The Democrats owe their big supporters a return which is a free flow of exploited workers.
As Jim said above, the Democrats want to win in November and they have no message to compete with Trump's successes. So the best way to try to get some traction is to try to pick something that will stick to him. They gin up anger at Trump doing what presidents since Clinton have done, only not being honest about that history.
When we arrest anyone with children, we separate them from the children. Are we supposed to be thinking, "Oh, I thought I wanted it to be illegal to crash the border, but now that I realize being arrested means you can't take your kids to jail with you, I want to legalize the activity to avoid that result"? In that case, why make robbing banks illegal? Don't we feel sorry for the bank robber and his lonely children? Jail is harsh. That's a large part of the point of jail.
Why should those who can walk across the border get preference over those who must cross the sea? Does that make sense? I would also like the outraged to tell us whether we should open our borders to everyone who wants to come here and if not, what should the rules be and how should they be enforced?